Ali Added To 2011 Bowerman Watch List|
May 19, 2011
USC redshirt senior Nia Ali has been added to the Bowerman Watch List today (May 19) as one of the top 10 female track and field athletes in the nation. The Bowerman Award debuted in 2009 and is presented annually by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USFTCCCA) to the top male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.
Ali won the 2011 Pac-10 100m high hurdles title on May 14 with a time of 12.77 which bettered her second-place standing on USC' all-time list, trailing only NCAA record-holder Virginia Crawford's 12.48. On the same day at the Pac-10 Championships, Ali placed second in the high jump with a clearance at 6-1.25 (1.86m) to move into second place on USC's all-time high jump list.
Ali currently has the top legal time in the country in the 100m HH (12.77) and is tied for the best wind-aided time of 12.74. Also her 6-1.25 high jump mark is tied for second among all collegiate jumpers.
The redshirt senior Ali also ranks second all-time by a Trojan in the heptathlon when she scored 5,824 points at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. That season she went on to place fourth in the event at the NCAA Championships and earn All-America honors.
The Bowerman Award was established in honor of Bill Bowerman who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways including his leadership position in the USTFCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association.